One Fund Boston, which donated more than $80 million to survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, closed its doors Monday.
“As this holiday season draws near we wanted to again thank the thousands of generous donors who helped our community when it needed their support the most,” said Jim Gallagher, President of the One Fund Boston.
The organization was established after two homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260.
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Any checks received after Dec. 31 will be returned, the charity said in an announcement on their webpage. One Fund Boston said it collected money from more than 200,000 donors – individuals, charities, and companies – in more than 60 countries. This fall, the fund used $1.5 million to establish programs providing personalized care and support to those injured in the Marathon bombings and their families.
The One Fund Center, located at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has served to evaluate and address the limitations created by the invisible wounds, such as hearing loss, tinnitus and mental health, and work toward maximizing survivors’ lifetime potential through a variety of programs and treatments.
“Now, after over a year and a half of operations we have completed our task. In this season of hope, it is our wish that a fund of this nature is never needed again,” Gallagher said.
The One Fund Boston encouraged those who would like to continue to support the survivor community to donate to other charitable organizations operating on behalf of, or established by, survivors.